Tuesday, 20th December 2016
LEADING state school in the North has appointed a new headmaster
THE leading state school in the North has appointed a new headmaster as it seeks to continue its outstanding success and rising reputation in national rankings.
The governors of
Mr Webb, who lives near Ripon, is moving from his role as Deputy Headmaster (Academic) at
A graduate in history from Christ’s College,
Mr Webb will take over the leadership of
In this summer's examinations, 76.2 per cent of A Level grades at
The school is also the top school in
One of fewer than 40 state boarding schools, Ripon Grammar has 920 pupils including 81 boarders.
Mr Webb said: "I am extremely honoured to have been chosen from such a strong field and am indeed very excited by the prospect of leading such a fabulous school as
On the challenge of leading an already outstanding school, he said: "We should always cherish the things that work and preserve the processes which function smoothly. However, we can and should believe in school improvement, if only to prevent ‘status quoism’ from drifting into complacency.
"I believe that we can continue to improve pupil mastery of their subjects and their intellectual curiosity to do better. We have to believe in ensuring that a pupil’s life experience in, and crucially beyond, the classroom develops growth mind-set, inner confidence, a sense of spiritual worth and a deep and lasting care for others.
"In short, we have to believe that a school can continue to nurture decent human beings who want to make a positive difference. This is why the extra-curricular life of a school is so important and why personal self-development and confidence is as much the marker of human flourishing as academic results."
Chair of Governors at
“We have no doubt the school will continue to thrive and develop strongly under his leadership and we look forward to welcoming him next September."
Mr Webb is married to Helen and has two sons. He is a keen cricketer and coaches for a local team and enjoys all forms of outdoor pursuits.
He has worked with the British Council in
He will join at a time when grammar schools have been singled out as one method for improving education standards with the Prime Minister apparently keen on expanding the system.
Mr Webb said: "Selective grammar schools can deliver progress if, and only if, they maximise the talents of those successful in the entrance test. They have to deliver academic excellence through outstanding teaching and learning both in terms of raw results and crucially value-added measures.
"They also need to deliver a co-curricular programme which develops not just the intellectual but also the personal skills of their charges.
"However, that does not mean that the selection process itself cannot be refined further. To ensure that all pupils in the catchment area feel entitled and confident to apply is also important and depends on good outreach."